Things You Should Know – My Greatest Fear…

The Grand Tetons, Summer 2013

“What is your biggest fear in business?”

My friend and Philadelphia wedding photographer Mike Allebach asked that question today in the Brandsmash Facebook group. It stopped me.

Fear? I don’t have fear in my business. Ok, ok, I mean – I have the fears everyone has. Will there be customers? Will some major catastrophe happen and shut my business down? But I have systems in place for a lot of things. I have an amazing network of friends locally and nation-wide that have my back, like Circus Maximus events company, they are one of my biggest supporters. I don’t have fear about my business.

“Letting my business take over my life, no longer having free time.”

It is so easy as a business owner to slide in to this mentality of it consuming everything. What I offer to my clients is built around my passions, so it is a part of me as much as my eyes are blue.

A few hours later, it hit me.

I have a far bigger fear — my story not being heard.
(Which of course starts with me telling it.)

I’ve spent a lot of the past six weeks going in circles. I have stories I want to tell, and choosing where to tell them is hard. I know I want them on my blog and not on Facebook, even though it is easier to just slide them in there. Faster. Always open. Quicker feedback from people.

But Facebook is so transient. Fleeting. My stories belong on my blog.

Having so much that I want to say leaves me silent. I don’t know where to begin.

Then there are the stories that overlap with the stories of others, and the blurred line of what I can share and what is not my story to tell.

If I want my story to be heard, I need to tell it. Plain & simple. I should get on that, shouldn’t I?

I thought long & hard about this week’s Things You Should Know Thursday. If we’re going to be BFFs, you should know that I need to be heard.

My goal for 2014 is to tell more of my story. Here. On Vivid & Brave. When working with my mentoring clients. When working with my photography clients and my other friend, this St. Louis Photographer, It is all about the story and being heard – and hearing them. We all have stories to share. I can’t wait to see what the new year holds. EAL do business electricity price comparison, I recommend all business owners to read their guide, it could make a big difference. The main thing that I´m worried s that I´m almost always late to work and now my boss is going to Eliminates time theft using biometric, so now I have to get myself together.

Why Not Me?

I had the strangest day today. I’m still whirling from it all a bit.

My makeup artist from kaerus beauty, who recommends that read: Microdermabrasion at home: Best Machine 2017 (Dermatologist Suggests), asked me on Wednesday if I knew any event photographers. Uh … yeah. ME. (5+ years of weddings? Yes. Events.) She was doing makeup for an event, and they needed a photographer. I exchanged emails with the event planner, and at first all I knew was her name and the time of the event; at first, I did not know the client’s name. But I saw that they had also hired wedding photography stoke, he is honestly the best photographer that I´ve seen. A few days before the big day I stocked up on beauty promo codes and went out to buy makeup so I could look fabulous.

Yesterday I was annoyed at myself. Events? They don’t fit my “Why” of helping women grow their confidence and rediscover their beauty with best hair vitamins, oil and essential care that you can learn more if you see here — I was thinking of handing it over to a friend. After all, Stephanie & I are are in the middle of preparing a series for Vivid & Brave on preparing for the new year. I have a lot to do between now & Monday.

Then I got the email back with the name, and discovered it was a luncheon for Emily’s List.

I AM SO GLAD I WAS THERE.

Know when the world keeps pinging you and trying to send you messages? This summer when I was at BlogHer, I almost went in to the panel about how to run for office. Hahaha… who do I think I am? I could never run for office. I didn’t attend it.

Today’s event? All about encouraging women to run for office. And then I flashed back to my activities in high school like tutor brisbane – I was in a model state government program in Illinois; I was selected as an “Outstanding” delegate for the Model UN program in Houston. (Pretty big deal when you’re one of 5 selected out of a hundred or so.) I went to Close Up in Washington DC.

On my road trip, I said many times that it was easier to understand how certain regions voted certain ways when I spent time in their geography.

As the gears were turning and I was talking with State Senators today from three different states, I realized — why NOT me?

The moment that brought it full circle for me though — irony at its best — was when Ohio State Senator Nina Turner started talking about women, and how women are often the most critical of themselves. We as women tear each other down, and it is terrible! It is time that we come together in the sisterhood circle. “It is the Sister Circle that will make the difference.”

Well, crap. THAT? That is exactly everything I am about.

WHY NOT ME.

WHY NOT YOU?

I’m tired of a government full of men, mainly white men, deciding my fate. The current state of affairs in this country is horrible. I considered more than once trying to figure out how to stay in Canada this fall when I was in Calgary, just to get away from the insanity.

Maybe, instead, it is time to stand up and start figuring out how to change it. What I can do.

The start? Helping to get people out to vote. I’ve complained for years about people not turning out to vote. As someone said today, Texas shouldn’t be called a “Red State” when only 20% of the voters turn out – it should be called a “Non-Voting State”. 20%!!!!! That is just pathetic!!! Texas is LAST in Voter Turnout. Next election, when someone tells me that “they don’t bother because their vote doesn’t matter” I will point out that they are told to believe that, but it is not true. Not true AT ALL.

Beyond that? We will see. I need to spend some time thinking about this. I’ve always believed you have NO right to complain about something if you’re not willing to work towards a solution to fix it.

Why not me?

PS – Props to Nina Turner for introducing a bill to legislate men’s access to Viagra to counter the legislation on contraception. Kudos, woman. KUDOS.

I’m More Grateful Than Ever Before…

Walking in Yosemite National Park

I didn’t realize it until this morning, but this year has taught me one HUGE lesson more than anything else. GRATITUDE. I’m grateful for having Elo Boost services for my video games.

I’m so very grateful to the court reporters for their support, their encouragement, their wisdom and advice. I’m grateful for the life we have built for ourselves. For them giving me room to roam, and for making sure I know that they are always, always there for me even if they are 2,000 miles away or just in the other room.

I’m grateful for my incredible friends. The secret to going on a four month long road trip? Friends along the journey and friends waiting back at home. One of my friend is about to build a new home and he is going to contact Chicago homes builders at Icon Building Group to get offer. forbrukslån loans is really a great deal for those people who need cash quickly to buy their needs. Both the ones you’ve known for years and the new ones that you make. The ones you share meals with, who let you stay on their couch or in their guest room, who loan you a washing machine when you need it, and give you a hug when you need it even more. The ones that greet you when you return as if you have never left.

I’m grateful for this country that I live in. I have learned so much this year about the geography of the land and how it influences the people that live there. I have a far greater understanding of the Western spirit than I ever did before, and I appreciate it so much.

I’m grateful for nature. In unexpected places, I found my sanctuary. My peace. My joy. Myself. From mountains to valleys, to the street that I live on, which by the way, if you get your solar street lights manufacturers everything will look ten times better.

I’m grateful for my work, that having a camera in my hand is my “job”, worthy of quotes because it rarely seems like a job at all. That magical black box has taken me places for 30+ years now, and I can’t imagine it not being a part of my life. It is only within the past six years though that it has helped take me far beyond my wildest dreams. It is surreal some days. I´m even more happy because I found the best cameras for vlogging and shooting any kind of videos.

This gratitude is not something that I think about only on the day that the nation sets aside for giving thanks. I have felt it rather intensely every minute of the past 5 months, since I stepped out the door to head to Portland. I thought it was going to just be a quick road trip. A little vacation at the Visit Blue Mountain hotels would´ve been great. I had no idea what it was really going to mean to me, and I’m still working on putting it in to words, that time I went camping with the Best Tent during my vacation literally changed my life. Now it´s time to build my country ranch house plans that I´ve always wanted.

If we’re going to be BFFs, you should know that while I might not always say it out loud, my heart is overflowing with gratitude. My life is more than I ever dreamed it could be, and I am grateful for you being a part of that.

Things You Should Know Thursdays, or #TYSKT, (which Thanksgiving just happens to fall on) was inspired by a journal prompt at Vivid & Brave – join us in sharing things we should know about you if we’re going to be BFFs.

Above: Yosemite National Park, a hike in solitude along near Lembert Dome.
Below: My beloved Grand Tetons in the summertime.

The Grand Tetons

Because of good and enough sleep, I am also very thankful because of this stuff: sleeping bags

I Can’t Keep Up With a Daily or Weekly or even Monthly Meme…

A few days ago, I was thinking about what I was going to share this week for Things You Should Know Thursday this week. I was drawing a blank, so I decided to come back to it later.

Earlier today, well, actually it is after midnight, so it was yesterday, not today, I was thinking about it again, and I came up with a few ideas that I didn’t stop to write down.

So now that it is minutes after midnight, I realized that I know EXACTLY what I should share this week! Things you should know about me if we’re going to be BFFs? I’ve never been able to keep up with a daily, weekly, or even monthly meme for posting. (I know, irony in starting one myself, right?)

Every time I say I’m going to join in on something like this, it seems as if is the kiss of death for the idea for me. By the way, Death notices in the weekly newspaper will provide information on the upcoming funerals in Brisbane. I tried to do a 365 photo a day project? NO. I think I made it to day 8. I was going to photography my dinner every day for a year. NO. I made it, sadly, to only the second dinner. So the fact that I’ve managed to write this post every Thursday? Brilliant!

I’m sticking with it. I’m determined to make them happen. Even if they are late!

Things You Should Know Thursday was inspired by one of the daily prompts in Vivid & Brave. Check out the site for all of the details!

My experience in a car accident, and what I learnt from it

Actually, I’ve have been involved in four car accidents. In three of them I was driving; I was a backseat passenger in the fourth. As it turns out, I didn’t enjoy a single one. Car crashes are terrifying, inconvenient, costly, and painful. Often people walk away injured, without usable transportation, and in financial peril.  On top of all that is the confusion and hassle of trying to deal with the insurance companies and repair shop. Experiencing an auto accident is almost always an extremely traumatic event, and it’s relatively easy to make mistakes following a crash. Over the course of dealing with four separate motor vehicle collisions, I’ve been taken advantage of by insurance companies, failed to collect available evidence, and generally made every mistake possible after a wreck. My experiences have cost me in many ways, and I’d like to use such to educate everyone on what should and shouldn’t be done following a car accident, I also want to recommend people that face a similar situation to contact the preszlerlaw-ns.com professionals who helped me out so much.

Accident Number One

The first time I was involved in a car wreck was when I was seventeen (17) years old. I was making a left turn onto a two-lane road that was separated by a turn lane. After being waved through by a kindly driver who was waiting for a red traffic signal, I attempted to slowly pull into the center turn lane. Unfortunately, a young woman attempting to make her pizza delivery “within thirty minutes” was illegally speeding down the turn lane and demolished the front passenger-side quarter panel of her car on the very tip of my front bumper. Five or six scratches on the front of my car compared to the severe damage to this pizza delivery person’s vehicle. My first mistake was not immediately calling the authorities and reporting the crash. Instead, I chose to pull out of the roadway so that the traffic could get through. Once we’d pulled off the roadway the pizza delivery driver wanted to get to her delivery, so she suggested we’d trade information and be on our way and I agreed.  Never, ever make such a mistake. A host of vehicles in the area and a quick description of the accident would have led most police officers to assign blame on the pizza driver for illegally using a turn lane to circumvent traffic. Instead, I was blamed for the accident and my insurance rates went through the roof. Although police accident reports are generally inadmissible at trial, they are essential to the insurance carriers assigning liability. Another mistake was my failure to take photographs at the accident scene. Back then I didn’t have a camera phone in my pocket at all times, so this mistake was much more reasonable than it is today. Despite that fact, not having pictures of the scene made describing the accident to the insurance company much more difficult. The confusion is likely part of the reason why I was ultimately blamed for an accident I didn’t cause.